What Does Retort Mean?


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Retort is a quick rejoinder, in other words, a swift response to a remark or question. It is usually a rather astute reply to a cutting comment or critical implication. For example 'Her sharp tongue and clever retorts intimidated anyone who dared cross her'. To retort therefore means to give a fitting reply to or answer back sharply.

In chemistry however, the word retort has an altogether different meaning. In this context it indicates a glass vessel which may be used for distillation process or in the process of dry distillation. It is a large vessel that is spherical in shape. It has that has a long slim neck that points downwards.

In industrial applications a retort indicates a vessel that is airtight. It is used to heat substances for a chemical reaction wherein gaseous products are produced. These products are collected in a separate vessel for processing.

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